Professor James Palmitessa is editor of a new essay collection titled Between Lipany and White Mountain: Essays in Late Medieval and Early Modern Bohemian History in Modern Czech Scholarship, published by Brill. This book, which is a part of Brill’s Studies in Central European Histories series, presents a collection of twelve seminal essays by Czech historians on the history of the Czech lands from the fifteenth through seventeenth centuries.
The essays originally appeared in Czech publications as articles and book chapters and are translated here for the first time in English. The essays address a broad range of topics, including politics, religion, demography, everyday life, crime, and rural and urban society. By bringing to English-speaking readers the rich history and historical writing of the Czech lands through the lens of Czech historians, the book seeks to expand knowledge about the place of these lands in late medieval and early modern Europe, and the rich mosaic and shared history of the peoples and cultures of Europe.
In addition to editing the collection, Professor Palmitessa provided the introduction, notes, and bibliography for the book. Essay contributors include Robert Kalivoda, František Šmahel, Petr Hlaváček, Václav Bůžek, František Kavka and Anna Skýbová, Josef Janáček, Josef Válka, Petr Kreuz, Tomáš Knoz, Jiří Mikulec, Josef Grulich and Hermann Zeitlhofer, and Lenka Bobková.